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Recently Garmin introduced a whole new top model in the Garmin bike GPS Edge-line. The Garmin Edge 1000 is really the top-of-the-range and is a model for the sportive and semiprofessional biker. The Edge 1000 is in all aspects upgraded compared to the former top model, the Edge 810.
Garmin Edge 1000 Bike GPS
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Garmin Edge 1000 – Features:
The basic specifications are similar to the Edge 810 and the Edge Touring but the Edge 1000 has a few extra features. One of those extra features is the basic bike chart, which is upgradable with specific charts. This makes the Edge 1000 usable as navigator and which enables you to check and upload new bike routes. The Edge 1000 is also a great GPS device to improve your training on your race bike. Interested in these tips, click here.
Further on you now have the so-called segments and you can bike against a virtual competitor in order to increase your own lap segments or lap timings.
Although the basic bike chart isn’t really bad, the amount of route possibilities, which the Edge provides, is limited. The least known and quite often the best single tracks are not findable. Of course, if you know these single tracks already or you upload them into the Edge, you can navigate the route on the Edge.
Another new feature is the Wifi-compatibility for fast exchange of data and to automatic synchronize with your computer. You can use the Garmin Connect app to upload, analyze and share data. With the connection to a smartphone with Bluetooth you can turn on ‘live tracking’, which enables others to follow you via Garmin Connect.
The Garmin Edge 1000 is capable to connect to ANT+ sensors (hearth beat, cadence, power, etc), which makes this bike GPS device an advanced bike training computer as well. These ANT+ sensors are available against additional costs. If you have a Shimano Di2 system, you are able to connect the Garmin Edge 1000 to it in order to display the current gear.
The battery life is long enough for normal bike trips since a full battery will last about 15 hours.
Garmin Edge 1000 – Cons:
Just like the Garmin Edge 810, the bike GPS mounting system doesn’t really feel very solid. It clicks into the mount and we have tested it in rough terrain without falling out so it must be good enough but it just doesn’t feel that strong. The visibility of the screen in bright sunlight is not great. The screen isn’t anti-glare but with the device turned bit more down we could properly read everything.
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The Garmin Edge 1000 is a very advanced bike GPS computer with about all the possible features for tour bikers, competition bikers and the fanatic training bikers. The Edge 1000 is quite high priced but after our testing and review, we find that you get a lot of great connection possibilities to other devices, social media and Internet and therefore that high price is justified in our idea.
At the moment the price difference with the Garmin Edge 810 is about $200. Maybe you can find some great deal already.